Tag: groundhog day

The Mysterious Case of the Beaver in the 'Burbs

After many years in the suburbs, it seems logical that I would be familiar with most of the local wildlife by now. But when I saw something huge and furry that wasn’t my dog scurry across my backyard, I was pretty sure that I had witnessed something new to the ‘burbs. “There’s a beaver in our backyard,” I informed my husband. …

How Much Wood Can A Woodchuck Choke on?

Last year I had a real problem with Groundhog Day. The issue was, there were just too many darn celebrity groundhogs with differing predictions for the end of winter and I didn’t know who to believe. Between world-renowned rodent, Punxatawny Phil, lesser-known wonder woodchuck, Staten Island Chuck, and scores of others, the playing field was just way too crowded with…

Forget the Fox… What Does the Groundhog Say?

Forget the Fox… What Does the Groundhog Say?

Phil and The General are messing with me. Punxatawny Phil says we are going to have six more weeks of winter.  But General Beauregard Lee of Georgia predicts an early spring. Which groundhog to believe? Although the Phil followers say he has a flawless track record, the truth is, it’s always winter somewhere so he kind of can’t be wrong. …

A Whole Mess of Groundhogs on Groundhog Day

A Whole Mess of Groundhogs on Groundhog Day

Phil and Chuck are messing with me. Punxsutawney Phil says we are going to have six more weeks of winter. But Staten Island Chuck predicts an early spring. Which groundhog to believe? Although the Phil followers say he has a flawless track record, the truth is, it’s always winter somewhere so he kind of can’t be wrong. Chuck is a…

Boycotting Groundhog Day

Boycotting Groundhog Day

After four major snowstorms, a week’s worth of school closings and delayed openings, and enough freezing temps to make me actually look forward to global warming, I’m trying to figure out if I can bribe a certain groundhog not to see his shadow this year. Not that I am given to put my forecasting faith in a large, cranky rodent,…